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A Weekend Wash Out in Southern Ontario


March 15, 2010 — Heavy rain, damaging winds and localized flooding. People in southern Ontario saw it all this weekend.

It was one of those weekends where simply staying indoors was the best option.

The same low pressure system that brought tornadoes to parts of the US Midwest last week swiped southern Ontario this past weekend.

The weather wasn't deadly like it was south of the border last week, but it did trigger all kinds of problems.

'We had a slow moving low pressure system move across the United States, Ontario and Quebec, and it brought rain for most of the weekend,' says Weather Network meteorologist Rob Davis.

'Some communities ended up getting close to 80 millimetres of rain.'

And that led to some localized flooding, particularly in the Hamilton area. Places like Kitchener, Guelph and Orangeville even saw some light snow on Saturday night.

For many, the biggest problem was the wind. Gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour were recorded in southern Ontario, and there were hurricane-force winds south of the border. The result was downed trees, damaged buildings and widespread power outages.

Still, meteorologists say this storm could have been worse.

'Before this system came through, we had double digit temperatures in southern Ontario,' explains Davis. 'Those warm temperatures mixed with Atlantic moisture made for a rainstorm, which could have been a snowstorm if temperatures were a little lower.'

Today, the region started to see a big improvement with the sun and milder temperatures returning.

We're calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid teens for the majority of the week.

For more details on what you can expect, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National and Regional forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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